Frequently Asked Questions
ClearPHONE is brought to you by ClearUnited.
ClearPHONE runs on ClearOS Mobile, the only operating system dedicated to security first. All ClearPHONE communications with the internet using either a cellular or Wi-Fi connection (using a browser, any app or any service on the phone) are sent through ClearOS Mobile’s ClearGM private network governed by our DNS-based firewalls.
By default, ClearGM blocks the whole of the internet, then allows only the good parts you want to see. You can either have total control over what is allowed, or let ClearGM’s artificial intelligence protect you automatically - it’s up to you.
See the questions below for additional details on how ClearPHONE works.
Parental control software tools typically only block certain apps at certain times that you control. Additionally, most parental controls are incredibly easy for any average tech-savvy teenager to circumvent within just a few steps. ClearPHONE allows you to give your kids access to the websites and apps they need while ensuring they can’t access sites with inappropriate content or accidentally click on adds that can lead down risky paths towards inappropriate content.
(1) The simple answer is:
ClearPHONE blocks the whole of the internet by default, then allows only the good parts you want to see. ClearPHONE’s protections work out-of-the-box on either a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. A variety of settings allow you to have 100% control over the internet experience you want. You can let ClearPHONE’s artificial intelligence decide for you, choose a level of restrictiveness, or manually allow/block websites, apps, ads, trackers, behavioral profiling, cryptojacking, and more.
(1) The more-advanced technical answer is:
ClearPHONE runs on ClearOS Mobile, the only operating system dedicated to security first. Built on decades worth of military-grade computer and network security experience, ClearOS Mobile’s ClearGM private network service blocks the whole of the internet by default, then allows only the good parts you want to see.
Only ClearPHONE can provide this level of security and privacy because ClearOS Mobile sends all communication with the internet through ClearOS Mobile’s ClearGM service. ClearOS Mobile is tied to the communications stack on ClearPHONE to ensure all internet traffic can only go through our ClearGM service allowing ClearGM to protect your ClearPHONE when using a cellular connection or on any Wi-Fi.
ClearGM is NOT a VPN service. ClearGM uses advanced DNS-based firewall controls combined with our own DNS resolver and artificial intelligence to allow or block all outgoing requests from ClearPHONE.
Below are three examples of how ClearPHONE works.
When you try to visit a legitimate website (such as nytimes.com) on ClearPHONE’s browser app, ClearGM examines all requests made to load information into your browser’s page. Since ClearGM knows that nytimes.com can be trusted, all of the normal news content will be displayed as expected. However, nytimes.com also requests items to be loaded into your browser from approximately 30 other servers (these can include items like advertisements, sponsored content, third-party trackers, behavioral profiling trackers, etc.). ClearGM is smart enough to block any unneeded (or potentially risky) requests. The result? You see only the legitimate news content from nytimes.com without seeing any ads, being tracked, or seeing those suspicious “Around the Web” sections that look like legitimate content but are really ads for shady websites. Since ClearPHONE blocks all of these other services, you’ll be happy to see that many websites load 40% faster on average.
We’ve all seen emails that look like a request from your bank but are actually phishing attempts. This can also happen when you get a link in an SMS/Text message on your phone that looks like a legitimate link (this new phenomenon is called SMSishing). Normally, if you click on these links you’re at risk of a hacker stealing your bank password or getting a virus. ClearGM is smart enough to know these links are not legitimate and are all blocked by default. When you are protected by ClearPHONE and press on these links, nothing happens! By the way, this same facet of ClearGM’s technology blocks viruses, spyware, any malware. Even if you somehow manage to get your phone infected, any outgoing request by bad actors will blocked by ClearGM thus rendering them harmless.
Normally when using an unprotected phone, when you try and visit any website it just loads. When using a protected ClearPHONE, each website is evaluated by ClearGM before it is allowed to load in your browser. ClearGM not only looks at the website content, but also looks at all of the other requests (called dependencies) asking to load info from other servers into the website page you intent to visit. ClearGM’s artificial intelligence combined with your personal settings checks to see if the website content (and some or all of the dependency content) is allowed. ClearGM then completely blocks the site or allows the desired parts to load. If ClearGM blocks the site, you have the option to override that decision in the ClearGM control panel and when you refresh your browser, the site will load as intended. Of course, you have complete control over how restrictive ClearGM is. You can allow any website you want or let ClearGM handle it for you. You can also set ClearGM to be more restrictive on your children's phone and less restrictive on your phone if desired.
We’re launching on Kickstarter for two reasons.
(1) We want to get feedback from the Kickstarter community and include our backers’ insights during the production phase of ClearPHONE in order to meet customer expectations and
(2) As a special reward to ClearPHONE’s early adopters, we want to use Kickstarter as the method of guaranteeing the Kickstarter community can get ClearPHONE at the lowest price.
ClearPHONE will launch after October 1st, 2019 on Kickstarter.
ClearPHONE will then be available on Indiegogo’s in-demand program after November 21, 2019.
Starting on January 20, 2020 ClearPHONE will be available for purchase on the ClearUnited.com platform.
In the United States, ClearPHONE will work on T-mobile or AT&T.
In Canada, ClearPHONE will work on Rogers, Telus and TerreStar.
In New Zealand, ClearPHONE will work on Spark, Vodafone and Two Degrees Mobile.
For a list of other worldwide carriers, see this link.